Caprylic Acid

What is Caprylic Acid?
Caprylic acid is what is known as a medium-chain fatty acid and is a slightly rancid-smelling substance found naturally in coconut oil, breast milk, butter fat, and palm oil. It is primarily known in natural health circles as a treatment of candidiasis, or yeast infection. Because caprylic acid is a medium-chain fatty acid, it is easily digested by the body and therefore is absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract before it reaches the colon—where Candida overgrowth is most apparent. As such, certain forms of the supplement delay release of the nutrients to attain greater effectiveness for its intended treatment.

What are the health benefits of Caprylic Acid?
As a medium-chain fatty acid, caprylic acid is easily absorbed by fatty cell wall membranes and is used to combat lipid-coated bacteria. It is therefore used for treating some bacterial infections.

What are the guidelines for taking Caprylic Acid?
Caprylic acid is available as a tablet- or capsule-based supplement and can be found online, in health food stores, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

Are there any precautions for taking Caprylic Acid?

Caprylic acid may cause nausea or diarrhea, and should be avoided by pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants, and children.

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